The County of Sonoma, Human Services Department, Adult and Aging Services Division received the maximum award amount of $575,000 from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)’s Specialized Emergency Housing (KE) Program for a 24-month project period. The KE program provides funds to “expand emergency shelter and emergency housing assistance resources in California in addition to providing specialized services for victims of crime belonging to one of the following groups: homeless youth, elderly, disabled, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ).” With KE grant funding, the Adult and Aging (A&A) Division will provide additional emergency, transitional, and long-term housing assistance and related services to victims of elder abuse through a Senior Transitional Housing (STH) program.
Victims of elder abuse may experience additional issues like dementia, frailty, and/or multiple chronic medical problems with unique needs that existing programs and emergency shelters usually are not equipped to provide. The Senior Transitional Housing (STH) program will use KE funding to recruit and train a STH Elder Advocate, who will be located at the Family Justice Center Sonoma County, and an STH Emergency Housing Social Worker. Program funds will also support additional specialized emergency shelter beds and other needed services specifically for victims of elder abuse. The two program staff will conduct safety and psychosocial assessments with victims of elder abuse and will connect victims to resources and services provided by the Family Justice Center partners, including emergency housing and long-term housing, counseling, emergency food and clothing, transportation, and victim and compensation assistance. The program will serve up to 50 elderly victims during the two year grant period.
GPG is proud to have provided assistance in the development of A&A’s successful proposal to better serve the needs of victims of elder abuse.